Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center


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Click here to learn about the use of DNA in detecting aquatic invasive species & pathogens.

Detecting Invasives

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Climate & Invasives


Date published: March 19, 2021

Friday's Findings - April 2 2021

Adaptive Monitoring in Action: Whitebark Pine in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Date: April 2, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Kathi Irvine, Research Statistician, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center


Date published: December 28, 2020

Chronic Wasting Disease: Can Science Save Our Dear Deer?

What’s in a name? Chronic wasting disease sounds ominous, too descriptive for comfort, almost impolite in its directness. It is, in fact, a truthful name for a disease and a real threat to North America’s cervids.

Date published: September 18, 2020

Use of Robotic DNA Samplers That Can Rapidly Detect Invasive Aquatic Species

USGS researchers and their collaborators demonstrated the efficacy of using robotic environmental DNA samplers for bio surveillance in freshwater systems, showing that samples collected, processed, and preserved by robotic sampler detect organism DNA in the environment at rates comparable to those collected traditionally by human technicians.


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Year Published: 2021

Effects of supplemental feeding on the fecal bacterial communities of Rocky Mountain elk in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Supplemental feeding of wildlife is a common practice often undertaken for recreational or management purposes, but it may have unintended consequences for animal health. Understanding cryptic effects of diet supplementation on the gut microbiomes of wild mammals is important to inform conservation and management strategies. Multiple laboratory...

Couch, Claire E; Wise, Benjamin; Scurlock, Brandon M.; Rogerson, Jared D.; Fuda, Rebecca K.; Cole, Eric K; Szcodronski, Kimberly E; Sepulveda, Adam J.; Hutchins, Patrick R.; Cross, Paul

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Year Published: 2021

A reassessment of Chao2 estimates for population monitoring of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

The Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee (YES) asked the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) to re-assess a technique used in annual population estimation and trend monitoring of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). This technique is referred to as the Chao2 approach and estimates the number of females with cubs-of-the-...

van Manen, Frank T.; Ebinger, Michael R.; Haroldson, Mark A.; Bjornlie, Daniel D.; Clapp, Justin; Thompson, Daniel J.; Frey, Kevin L.; Costello, Cecily M.; Hendricks, Curtis; Nicholson, Jeremy M.; Gunther, Kerry A.; Wilmot, Katharine R.; Cooley, Hilary; Fortin-Noreus, Jennifer; Hnilicka, Pat; Tyers, Daniel B.

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Year Published: 2021

Water reliability in the west -- SECURE Water Act Section 9503(C)

No abstract available.

McGuire, Marketa; Gangopadhyay, Subhrendu; Martin, Justin; Pederson, Gregory T.; Woodhouse, Connie A.; Littell, Jeremy S.
Reclamation (Bureau of Reclamation) 2021. Water Reliability in the West -- SECURE Water Act Section 9503(C). Prepared for the United States Congress. Bureau of Reclamation, Water Resources and Planning Office. Denver, Colorado.